|Early work, Laura: First model I shot after moving to Vegas|
I want to also cover another important part of this process and that's to have a good WHY. What makes you want to photography the nude? What is your attitude about nudity in general? How do you think you will feel when you have a woman in front of your lens who has removed her clothes and is trusting you to be decent. This is just a quick blog post, but let me first give you my impression of what the nude is, as well as what it most certainly is not.
|Model Laura, |
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The nude is different from just a pic of a naked chick. You see that kind of stuff on cell phones or as snap shots somebody took and put on the internet. It becomes art when you choose to evolve that nakedness into something else by deliberately incorporating the elements of light, shadow, the abstract, form, shape, angle, perspective, composition, texture, patterns, symmetry, geometry, line, mimicry, emotion, and color or the lack of it (just to name a few). Sometimes the nude may not depict any nudity whatsoever. In a sense, the nude may be naked, but the naked may not necessarily be a nude.
So ask yourself why you wish to photograph the nude and be honest with your answer. The "why" will give your a focus and will be the template you need to build from. This is one of the most difficult genres of photography to master. It can actually become frustrating if all your images simply look like a naked girl with minimal artistic value. It is important to study the masters who have already done this and who are doing it today. Study, study, study. Your work will assuredly benefit from it. Learn to cultivate the imagination. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Whether you have a nude or not. A clothed subject is still an excellent practice subject. So while you are out there getting your "No's", continue to study and above all, keep shooting.